|Forum topic by baglock1||posted 08-26-2014 02:31 PM||906 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
08-26-2014 02:31 PM
I’m just getting back into woodworking after a several year hiatus. I sold my old tablesaw when I moved from Florida (about 3 yrs ago) and just picked up a Delta 36-725 and have fallen in love with it. So far, it’s been a great little saw for the money. It runs circles around the Craftsman in every category and has none of the little issues that made me dread dragging the old one out (namely, not being able to adequately adjust it to cut anything square).
The Delta has rekindled my interest in woodworking and I’ve started digging all my stuff out from under the bench… including my old router and table. It’s a Craftsman Professional model and while not particularly terrible, it had some little nitnoid issues that drove me nuts. By far, was the difficulty in adjusting depth. It uses a ring that you turn to change the depth in 1/64” increments with one full revolution of the ring totaling 1/4”. It’s difficult to adjust while under the table and changing bits takes forever as you have to raise it all the way up to get a wrench on it (1/64” at a time). I was constantly busting my knuckles on it and don’t particularly relish the idea of dealing with it anymore. Additionally, the fence is garbage and the miter rails are as sloppy as a 3-year old with a fudgecicle. I have no desire to use it anymore and thus, I believe it will keep me from actually wanting to go out in the shop.
Thus, I’m in the market for something new and my research has shown all sorts of options that will fit the bill. Details aren’t decided on yet, but I’m looking at a system with a through the table depth adjustment, decent fence, cupholder, heated table (keep my hands warm), etc…
So my question really is, what should I do with the old router and table? It looks like I could get ~$40 for it but I can’t help but think I should toss the table in the trash and hold onto the router for something, like a dedicated tool of some sort (insert a 1/2” flush trim in it and leave it, make a mortising rig with it, etc).
-- --- Dan